Environmental Earth Science

Illustration of the water cycle.
The water cycle describes the sources, sinks, and flow of our most important natural resource. (Image courtesy of USGS.)


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Fall 2005



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The geologic record demonstrates that our environment has changed over a variety of time scales from seconds to billions of years. This course explores the many ways in which geologic processes control and modify the Earth's environment and serves as an introduction to Environmental Earth Science Field Course (12.120), which addresses field applications of these principles in the American Southwest.

Bowring, Samuel. 12.102 Environmental Earth Science, Fall 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/earth-atmospheric-and-planetary-sciences/12-102-environmental-earth-science-fall-2005 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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